Postcard from Italy: At The Foot of the Capri’s Faraglioni

Capri (Italy). I guess this image has been taken so many times by so many people! More or less, everyone descending the steep staircase that goes from the narrow streets of Capri to the sea – at the foot of the Faraglioni – must have captured this scene… Especially in summer, when the platform is covered by open sun umbrellas and people are lying down for a hard session of sunbathing.

Anyway, now it’s my turn!

This place photographed here is a very popular beach resort: it’s name is “da Luigi ai Faraglioni” and – indeed – its position is exactly at the foot of Faraglioni, the famous rocks characterizing this small but very popular Italian island, less-than-an-hour by boat far from Naples. Experts say that this is “the place to be” in Summer, when it’s very hot, because it’s oriented toward East, therefore in the afternoon there’s shadow and it’s a bit less scorching (after all, we are in the South of Italy). The neighbor opposite resort (named “Fontellina“) is much better in Spring and Autumn because it’s oriented toward West and captures every sun ray till sunset (again, this is what Capri’s habitue say).

Diego Della Valle, a popular Italian entrepreneur (he’s President and CEO of the Italian leather goods company, Tod’s) well known for his love for Capri, once said this sentence:

“Put a compass to paper and trace a circle. Then tell me which other country [in the world] has such a concentration of places like Amalfi, Naples, Ischia, Procida, Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii, and Capri”

Although he uses to enjoy Capri from his very large motor-yacht Altair III (google it and you will understand what I mean), to be honest I think he’s absolutely right (and not because I’m Italian, of course!).

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Landscape of Capri at Sunset (Far From the Madding Crowd)

Island of Capri (Italy). I have very little time to write my thoughts unfortunately, as I’m overwhelmed by things to do… But I wanted to “shake” a bit my blog’s homepage sharing this photo taken few days ago during a short but fantastic weekend with some friends. I’m not sure this image is able to transmit the sense of peace, calm and tranquility that I was feeling watching this landscape – it would be a fantastic accomplishment!

It was at sunset: after a very hot day, a fresh breeze was blowing from the sea. Whereas the famous “Piazzetta” (a symbolic – albeit a bit overrated – place, where people meet each other to chat, drink an aperitif, or simply to “show off”) was crawling with vacationers and daily tourists, and I was enjoying the end of the day from a very exclusive observatory – a private terrace looking out the entire town. I was so totally seduced by this scene, that I had to force myself to take my Leica  and capture this photo! (poor me… ok, now I’m a bit exaggerating!).

I have a conflicting relationship with fashionable places such as Capri (just to mention the one where I was the last weekend). For some reasons I hate them: very honestly, all those people showing off, taking selfies and posting their face on social medias just to raise some “likes” are totally incomprehensible to me. But on the other side, I must admit that I love them: they offer great sources of inspiration for capturing photos, and – as it is in this case – having the possibility to escape from the mad crowd and to relax observing the landscape from an amazing terrace makes me feel a very lucky person.

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